A trip to Elite Hair & Skin is potentially a multilingual experience: technicians can comprehend the phrases ''I want to look dashing'' and ''Please release the bees from my hair'' in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, and Russian. Staffers trim the locks of men, women, and children, but they also remove hair in other ways—waxing uproots bristles from such areas as women’s bikini regions and men’s full backs, and threading creates precise eyebrow shapes simply by rolling cotton threads across the brow.
In more than a decade as a hairstylist, Jillian Galli has undergone countless trainings in nearly every aspect of hair. Those have yielded certifications from Brazilian Blowout, Wella and Redken hair color, Aveda, and TressAllure hair extensions. She puts those certifications to good use when snipping strands into classic and edgy cuts, highlighting locks in vibrant hues, and smoothing manes with Brazilian Blowouts.
If the air seems a little cleaner at Phoenix Rising Salon & Day Spa, it's not just your imagination. The fresh-oxygen-exchange system is just one of the amenities that make this space feel more welcoming that usual; others include fresh flowers and young bamboo trees at the door, vines snaking up the walls, and coral walls setting a serene mood.
Hairstylist Kayla takes advantage of the atmosphere to breathe new life into her clients' looks. She offers haircuts, coloring, and styling treatments while her colleagues administer nourishing facials and dole out massages for tense muscles and cranky funny bones. The staff uses products from Redken, Pureology, and Pevonia Skin Care during treatments, all of which are available for purchase.
Kristi Clifford is not only experienced in attaching lash extensions but also certified. She draws on her training to individually attach faux-mink lashes to natural fringe, adding length and fullness for more dramatic eyes. The extensions last up to one month and are said to be lighter than synthetic lashes and more natural looking, which is important for blending in with the humans.
Kristi enhances eyes inside Indulge Salon, where she works with stylists and skincare specialists who cut and color hair or reduce fine lines with vitamin C facials. After beautifying clients, the staff sends them to the salon’s boutique, which is stocked with a collection of accessories, jewelry, and handbags.
You can tell you're in Salon L by the overlapping Ls on the wall—one in serif font, and one in flourishing cursive. Then again, you might also recognize the salon by the presence of its owner, Lisha Lievore. A local stylist for more than 15 years, Lisha specializes in multidimensional color and Vidal Sassoon's hair cutting techniques. Salon L has an onsite aesthetician who can wax away unwanted stubble, or brighten complexions with an array of facials, rather than by flustering customers until their blush sticks permanently.
With training from Toni & Guy, Bumble and Bumble, and Vidal Sassoon, stylist and colorist Angel Nicole strategically designs cuts and places highlights or full color to infuse hairstyles with dimension, definition, and shine. Her 13-year career started with entertainers in theater and film in Southern California. Now, Angel Nicole holds two colorist awards from Goldwell and is also certified as a Trucco makeup artist.